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British GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Fernando, after a difficult winter for the team, you must be delighted with the season so far. How much better is the car now than it was then, and how much more improvement do you think there is to come?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, we are definitely quite happy with the situation now in terms of points, at least, because in terms of performance we know that there are still a few cars quicker than our car, so we are still not completely happy but the job that the team has done over the last three or four months has been amazing, recovering the maybe 1.5s or something like that that we were off the pace in Australia. So this is good news, not only for this championship or for this moment, but also for the near future of the team, because we faced some difficult times with the wind tunnel correlation etc which was not the best, also for the next projects. Now, definitely, we are in a good direction. There is still a lot to come from the team in the next couple of races and in the next couple of months, in terms of performance in the car, so hopefully they work as they are working now.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere Della Sera)
Fernando, what is the value of the advantage that you have in the championship?

Fernando Alonso:
I think that regarding the points, it's for sure not a situation that maybe we were expecting because leading the championship is good news for us, but we are also very honest with ourselves and as I said, now there are a few cars that are quicker than us at the moment and we need to close that gap in the next couple of races if we want to fight for the championship. If not, we know that sooner or later they will be in front, if we don't work better than the others. We are in race eight or nine of twenty, so at the moment championship positions or points are important but it's not our main priority. As I said, first thing is to improve the car.

Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters)
Paul, what is the situation with your manager now, because I see reports about Lewis's Dad no longer working with you. Is that correct?

Paul di Resta:
I think everything's been said that has to be said. I confirm that we're not working together. I think it's been reported that we're no longer working together, so that is the matter at the moment.

Q: (Mike Doodson – Honorary)
Romain, your first period in Formula One, a couple of years ago, didn't go too well, and only a few drivers actually get a second chance at Formula One but you did and now you're a strong candidate to become yet another winner this year. My question is: looking back, was it a mistake to come into Formula One at that time and take the risk of failing or did it help you this second time around?

Romain Grosjean:
Let's turn it a different way: can you say no one gets a chance in Formula One. The answer is no so it was not a mistake, it was as it was and it was a good experience being with Fernando in the team, it taught me a lot and all the experience I got in 2009 is now in my pocket. I think then it was a little bit of a difficult time but I'm back today, very happy to be and very proud to be part of Lotus and everything I've learned is very important today.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association)
Paul, I appreciate you don't want to talk about the reasons behind your split with Anthony but can you at least explain what it means to you going forward now, whether you're looking at other options: a new manager and in particular bearing in mind that this is the time of year when a driver will look towards negotiating a new contract with other teams etc? How is that going to affect you now without a manager?

Paul di Resta:
At the moment I'm just fully focused on my racing. At the end of the day, it's the results that count for me and what's going to drive me forward. We've had a good year up until now. We need to continue that progress. The focus this weekend is to have a good race. It's obviously a big weekend for me to have a lot of friends and family around, a lot of support. Being one of the three Brits, I got a feeling for what it is like to have a country behind you at this venue, and the atmosphere is electric. Hopefully we can put on a good show for them and certainly encourage them to get out in their rain jackets because it looks like they're going to get wet.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz – ESPN )
Romain, what are the latest updates you and the team have received about the engine failure (in Valencia) and also how does that affect the sense of reliability, because you had a big loss, you and Vettel, you were fighting relevant things like winning a race? And also, do you already know if the car had something to do with it, other parts of the car maybe, the way the car works? What is the news on that?

Romain Grosjean:



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